The Community Education Newsletter
December 14, 2020
Partner Spotlight:
Lancaster Sweet Shoppe,
Lemon Street Market, and
Saife's Middle Eastern Food
This year IU13 Community Education's Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds (RCCSR) has printed yard signs with “BE KIND” on one side and “Respect Our Differences” on the other side. This sign distribution campaign is serving as a fundraiser for the RCCSR Middle School in Lancaster city. It is also designed to spread one of the keys to IU13’s culture: kindness. These signs may be the perfect holiday gift for friends and family, available for a suggested donation of $10. 

We want to send a huge THANK YOU to our partners who are helping us spread our message to BE KIND and RESPECT OUR DIFFERENCES. You can pick up signs and make a donation at one of the following sponsoring locations:

Consider making a purchase at the above businesses when you are there!
If you are interested in being a host site, please contact Beth Boll at (717)947-1652 or to set up your initial supply of signs.
Partner With Us
Adult learners need services now more than ever due to the COVID-related emotional and economic havoc they are experiencing. We need your help to give adult learners a chance to get back on their feet! Please support us through your gifts of time and funding.
Classes, Resources, Services, and Trainings
Can you believe it? 2021 is only a couple of weeks away, and with it new opportunities.

Check out our class, resource, service, and training list at the bottom of this newsletter.
Check out Tim Talk at the bottom of the newsletter for important updates from our program director.
High School Equivalency
Student Spotlight: Maria Acevedo
Maria Acevedo is one of Community Education’s most recent high school equivalency graduates. A dedicated student of over two years who walked to class each day no matter the weather, she was known in the One Cumberland Street building for her smile and fierce determination. Even a pandemic and transition to fully remote learning couldn’t stop her from achieving her dream!

Maria began attending High School Equivalency (HSE) classes in August 2018 because she wanted to better herself and make her children proud. In the beginning, coming to IU13 was uncomfortable for Maria because she was the oldest one in the class. After a while, she realized that the other students were friendly and were actually helping her learn...

Lebanon HiSET Testing:
Four Graduates
and More to Come
The Community Education staff at IU13
One Cumberland Street is thrilled to announce that the first two months of HiSET testing in Lebanon have resulted in four students passing all of their tests and becoming high school equivalency graduates! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students were not able to take HiSET tests from March until October. When testing opened again, these students were first in line to complete their tests and move on to new careers and educational opportunities. Five other students also began or continued the battery of five tests, and more are slated to test in December. We eagerly anticipate sharing news of more graduates in the near future!

English Classes (ESL)
Citizenship Class
In-State Representative Frank Ryan’s most recent report, the IU13 citizenship class, taught by Ken Travis, was featured. Take a look at the article!

ESL | Level 2
In ESL 2, Silvia Hildesheim’s students are studying food vocabulary. Classmates enjoyed learning new recipes from each other while improving their English.
ESL | Level 3
In ESL 3, Kevin Boll’s students are hard at work learning about places to live in Lancaster.

Students scrolled through the pictures of a Lancaster house for sale on and then discussed the home’s features in order to answer true or false statements and comprehension questions using the “do's” and “don'ts” from the article. They also focused on using new vocabulary words.
2021 Direct Care Provider Training
In partnership with Community Services Group (CSG), Lancaster Workforce Development Board, and United Way of Lancaster County, IU13 Community Education is offering free micro-credential training to become a Direct Care Provider. In this training, students will learn the basic healthcare skills that will open doors for a rewarding, entry-level career in the healthcare field.

  • Where: Classes held via Zoom
  • When: January 11th-February 18th, Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

For more information/registration, contact Anne Weiss at or call 717-606-1940.
Micro-Credential: Administrative Support
In partnership with the United Way of Lancaster, Lancaster Careerlink, and Lancaster Workforce Development Board, IU13 Community Education offered an Administrative Support Professional micro-credential class, running for six weeks in November and December. Instructor Marilyn Lydic developed a curriculum including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, customer service, business phone etiquette, virtual meetings (Zoom), and effective interviewing. The skills being taught are in high demand for jobs in nearly every industry.

At the end of the session, class participants will have the opportunity to interview for a job. Laura O’Neill, Business Services Manager at PA CareerLink of Lancaster County, has organized virtual interviews in lieu of a face-to-face job fair.

As seen in the photo of an online bulletin board, students have greatly benefited from this class.
Micro-Credential: Basic Computer and Internet Skills
Cut and paste, right-click/left click, attach a document--students in Jill Neuman’s two-week Basic Computer and Internet Skills class learned these skills and more in a face-to-face class at Lancaster’s CareerLink. The October class was limited in number and COVID safety precautions were in place for these students who, while varied in levels, were beginners in their use of computers. 

The class curriculum also included computer vocabulary--such as hardware, software, web browser, and the cloud--searching the Internet safely, creating passwords, responding to emails, creating CareerLink accounts, and using Microsoft Word.

One student reported that he had been waiting years for a class like this because he knew he needed to improve his skills, but didn’t know-how. Another student wrote Jill a note: “Now I know how to reply to an email. Thank you.” As a teacher, Jill was thrilled to make computer use less scary for her students. IU13 Community Education plans to offer the class again.
Lebanon Youth Program
Lebanon Youth Program:
2021Certificate Programs and Training
IU13 Community Education's Lebanon Youth Program offers a variety of free services, trainings, and valuable job experiences for Lebanon County youth/young adults between ages 14-24 (In-School and Out-of-School Youth/Young Adults) as they plan and prepare for their future careers. Participants must meet age, income, and other requirements to participate. We are currently seeking Out-of-School youth and young adults for the following trainings:

  • Forklift Training
  • Foundations of Information Technology (IT)
  • Medical Certifications (8 different certification options available)

For more information please contact, or call 717-947-1180.
Lebanon Youth:
Forklift Certification
In November 2020, the Lebanon Youth Program placed a total of 11 youth into a Forklift Certification class at LIFT, Inc. in Mountville. The Lebanon Youth Program is a grant-funded program that receives Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding from the state to provide qualified youth between the ages of 14-24 with educational training and employment opportunities. 

Refugee Center and Community School
Wilson-Fish Grant: "Good Job, Happy Family"
IU13 Community Education is excited to announce a partnership with Church World Service Lancaster (CWS) in a new grant CWS received titled “Good Job, Happy Family.” We will provide education navigation services through our Refugee Center for this grant. This is a four-year grant and IU13 Community Education will receive $49,765 a year for four years. We’re thrilled to partner with CWS on this important work.

Check out our blog for additional details about how IU13 Community Education will deliver services through this new funding.
Be Part of Our Community
Volunteer Opportunities

IU13 Community Education, The Literacy Learning & Success Centers, and the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds are all looking for volunteers.

Please visit our website to see how you can help.
Tim Talk
IU13 Community Education Program Director
Black and white picture of Tim, who is smiling ear to ear.
Workforce Development Funding
The Lancaster Workforce Development Board recently added $45,000 of United Way funding to a previous $50,000 contract to increase post-secondary opportunities for Community Education participants. $30,000 will be used to pay students’ tuition at institutions such as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, the Career and Technology Center, HACC, and Tec Centro, and $15,000 will be used to support IU13’s bilingual navigators. We are so grateful for our partnering agencies' support, which makes it possible for us to achieve our mission of educating and inspiring lifelong learners!
Classes, Resources, Services, and Trainings
IU13 Community Education provides a wide variety of daytime and evening educational and supportive services to adults in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. NEW CLASSES STARTING IN JANUARY.

Click on the links below or call us at 717-606-1708 for more information about our free* services.
English as a Second Language
GED | HiSET test prep classes
Must be a United States Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) to enroll in classes
ESL or HSE classes for parents of children between birth-3rd grade
ESL classes with civics instruction and placement into job training programs
Services and Resources
Bilingual cultural navigators connect children and adults with social, educational, and medical services in the community
Using PA Standards-aligned lessons, high school students can build knowledge and understanding of the global refugee crisis
Workforce Preparation Classes
Pre-LPN/TEAS Training
Administration Support Professional
Basic Computer Skills
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
Direct Care Provider Certificate
Teacher Assistant (Special Education)
*IU13 Community Education classes and services provided directly by IU13 staff are free with limited exceptions. Additional services/tests provided by our partner providers may have costs. Please contact us with any questions.
Contact Information:
For more information about Community Education visit our website
or call
Lancaster 717-606-1708
Lebanon 717-450-1525

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